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Editor's Selection of Poems
To A Lady
Offended by a Book of the Writer's

by Thomas Hardy

     Now that my page upcloses, doomed, maybe,
     Never to press thy cosy cushions more,
     Or wake thy ready Yeas as heretofore,
     Or stir thy gentle vows of faith in me:

     Knowing thy natural receptivity,
     I figure that, as flambeaux banish eve,
     My sombre image, warped by insidious heave
     Of those less forthright, must lose place in thee.

     So be it. I have borne such. Let thy dreams
     Of me and mine diminish day by day,
     And yield their space to shine of smugger things;
     Till I shape to thee but in fitful gleams,
     And then in far and feeble visitings,
     And then surcease. Truth will be truth alway.
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